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Going a digit behind the times, the Nokia G21 arrives in early 2022, attempting to deliver an affordable all-round package with an emphasis on battery life. Taking on the likes of Xiaomi and Realme at their own game is never easy, and Samsung has been putting out aggressive entry-level offerings too, for those that still raise an eyebrow at the usual Chinese brands. So we're here to find out just how competitive Nokia can be at around €170.
Endurance is the G21's main goal, with Nokia advertising a three-day battery life in their 'real-world' simulation of 5 hours a day of active general use. That's not inconceivable, given the 5,050mAh capacity, unassuming Unisoc SoC, and modest screen resolution and refresh rate, but we'll get to battery testing soon enough.
Speaking of the display, the 6.5-inch 720p LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate isn't out of place on a phone in this price range, though OLEDs can be found, too, which puts it at a disadvantage.
Similarly, the 50MP main camera, in this specific incarnation that's found on the G21, makes sense for the money even if, again, slightly better hardware can be found elsewhere. More surprising is the omission of an ultrawide camera, any ultrawide camera, which has been a staple even of budget phones in recent years.
The Nokia comes with basic comforts like a dedicated microSD slot and a headphone jack and also has an FM radio receiver built-in - it's hardly better than a flagship for including all of these, but will make for a smooth transition for someone coming from simpler times.
Unboxing the G21 is not a time-consuming effort - the cardboard box doesn't contain a lot of stuff. Other than the phone, you're getting a charger and USB cable, and that's about it.
The adapter is a basic 10W one, too, so it's way below the phone's supported 18W charging capability. Virtually all competitors ship with more powerful chargers and some even out-spec the phones they're bundled with (the Redmi 10 and its 22.5W adapter vs. 18W charging support).
After listening to the sounds via the various phones pitched against Nokia G21, I can safely say Nokia G21 has a richer sound, although low, than all of the competitions.
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How do you turn on notifications light so you could see a flicking light for missed calls, unread messages etc on this devise?